By Clarence Rode
June 26 2009
Chris Turner has filled aruably the most pressing vacancy in his Hartlepool United squad by clinching the signing of goalkeeper Scott Flinders on a free transfer from Crystal Palace. And barring injury, Flinders is guaranteed to start the new season as first-choice keeper after Turner hinted that there will be no further stopper signings.
After the release of Arran Lee Barrett and Jan Budtz at the end of last season, many fans perhaps expected Pools to sign two senior keepers to take their places.
But Turner told the club website that 23 year old Flinders will start the season as the man in possession of the keeper's jersey, with young Mark Cook his deputy.
That statement strongly suggests there will be no further keepers in next season's squad.
Flinders signed for Palace from Barnsley for a fee believed to be about £250,000 three years ago, but his appearances have been limited and former Pools winger Neil Warnock gave him a free at the end of the season.
He has previously spent loan spells at Gillingham, Brighton, Yeovil, Blackpool and Falkirk. Born in Rotherham, he is also a former England under-20 international.
He's a big lad who says he likes to dominate his box, and Turner appears to have ruled out any further keeper deals, including one for former Vic favourite Dimi Konstanopoulos, by saying that Flinders is No.1 and that Pools have high hopes for Cook.
But that isnlt the end of the Pools summer signings ... Turner insists he expects more before long.